Nuclear Energy is the best solution to the climate crisis

George Erickson

11 a.m., January 8, 2023

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On Sunday, January 8, Dr. George Erickson will join us on Zoom to discuss nuclear energy and climate change. 

Dr. George Erickson is a best-selling author of five pro-science books and a retired dentist. He has spent parts of 38 summers ”bush-flying” in Alaska and Arctic Canada and is a former VP of the American Humanist Assoc., a former president of the Minnesota Humanists and a former member of the New Brighton, MN Environmental Quality Commission. 

He is a member of the National Center for Science Education, a member of the Thorium Energy Alliance – and a member of a group of about 100 independent physicists, engineers, MDs, energy experts and journalists who are deeply concerned about climate change, the environment and energy issues. 

He has exchanged climate change/energy emails with Dr. James Hansen, former chief climate scientist at NASA – now Climate Change scientist at Columbia Univ., whom he often quotes in his image-rich book, Unintended Consequences: The Lie That Killed Millions and Accelerated Climate Change – the book on which his presentations are based. After reading a sampling of Dr. Erickson’s published op-eds on climate change and energy issues, Dr. Hansen called them “brilliant.” 

Dr. Erickson travels the country at his own expense, giving presentations on the environment, climate change and energy issues at colleges, schools and affinity groups. Unintended Consequences: can be downloaded for free from the home page of www.tundracub.com. Contact him at tundracub7@gmail.com or 218-744-2003 

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1/8/23 George Erickson from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

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Let’s Have a Fun Talk about an Atheistic Christmas

Videos of Penn Jillette, Catholic evangelist Glen Scrivener, and atheist musician TyLean Polley

11 a.m., December 18, 2022

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This week we will discuss how atheists celebrate the Christmas season. We will show two short videos to introduce the subject of Atheists and Christmas and other year-end holidays, where they came from, and the pros and cons of celebrating the holiday season without the serious religious aspects of this day.

Can we say Merry Christmas and still be an atheist? Is saying Happy Holidays the only thing to say? Do you celebrate Saturnalia, Kwanzaa, or Hanukkah, or whatever religious holiday we can think of around or on 25 December? Some rotate through them all, others just ignore them.

The two short videos we will discuss are:
Penn Jillette (of Penn and Teller Fame): “Don’t Leave Atheists Out on Christmas”
“Don’t Leave Atheists Out on Christmas”
“Debating an Atheist who took Christ out of Christmas Carols” There is more to this than the title suggests.
“Debating an Atheist who took Christ out of Christmas Carols”

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The Power from Above

Christine Hoffman

11 a.m., December 11, 2022

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We will discuss a higher power critical to the creation and sustenance of humans and life on earth. This power is of course… the sun. After a very brief introduction on how the sun creates energy, the main focus of the talk will be on how this energy can be harnessed to electrify, heat and cool our homes. We will cover the basics of photovoltaic and concentrating solar thermal technologies. Finally we will touch on the limitations and challenges of this amazing power.

Speaker Bio: Christine Hoffman has been a lifelong environmentalist, and waste-reduction advocate. She holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics, with her thesis work focusing on optimizing nonimaging solar concentrators. She currently teaches machine learning and data mining, but also aspires to become an entrepreneur for a company that uses technology to solve logistical issues of container reuse.

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221211 Christine Hoffman.mp4 from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

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Peaceful Dispute Resolution Programs for Underserved Populations of the World

Victor Schachter

11 a.m., December 4, 2022

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In this presentation, Vic Schachter, the president of the Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiatives, returns to our Sunday Forum to provide an update of his efforts to promote fair and effective dispute resolution in countries with heavily backlogged courts cases, thereby promoting access by underserved populations to fair, timely and peaceful dispute resolution of their claims and preservation of their human rights. He will share some of the unique challenges to do this work during the pandemic, as well as the prospects for continued, future efforts in Asia, Eastern Europe, South America and Africa.

Victor Schachter is the founder and president of The Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiatives (FSRI), a non-governmental organization dedicated to establishing sustainable mediation centers globally to achieve timely, fair and peaceful conflict resolution in countries with backlogged court systems. He has served extensively as a mediator, and as an advocate representing clients in numerous mediations and arbitrations over his fifty-year career. In addition, he has led rule of law and related educational initiatives promoting judicial reform, alternative dispute resolution and judicial case management in India, Brazil, Liberia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Republic of Georgia, Turkey, Vietnam, and Malaysia. Mr. Schachter has been honored as a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for his service in judicial reform, rule of law, and mediation building. In October, 2020, he received the Mediator of the Year Award from The Mediation Society of San Francisco for “outstanding contributions to the field of mediation”. His work has been reported and cited in numerous publications. Previously, he was a litigation partner at Fenwick & West LLP in Silicon Valley, California for 17 years.
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12/04/2022 Victor Schachter from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

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Policing: an Introduction to the Concepts of Police Defunding and Abolition

A video of a talk by Alex Vitale

11 a.m., November 27, 2022

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At this Sunday’s Humanist Forum, we will watch and discuss a video of a talk by Alex Vitale.
Due to several high-profile accounts of abuse, police are seen as both oppressors and protectors. The problem, says Prof. Vitale, is that police are trained in highly militarized ways. He says that diversifying the police force or requiring them to wear body cameras will not change the underlying systemic racism in police procedures. He discusses the history and nature of this racism, what defund the police really means, and why the call to defund the police is reasonable.
Alex Vitale is an American author and professor of sociology at Brooklyn College. He is also the coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, The Appeal, USA Today, Vice News, and other media outlets. Vitale is the author of The End of Policing (2017), which argues for the abolition of police.
The video is produced by Skeptics in the Pub, an international discussion form. You can preview this talk at https://youtu.be/q_ysKdFbDhA

On the following Sunday, December 4, Vic Schachter will speak to us, in person.
You can attend our forums in person with fellow humanists in the Maple Room of the Mountain View Community Center at 201 S Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View. Lunch will be served after the forum. We request a $10 donation for lunch.
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